If your kids are sharing a bedroom, you know that it’s not always easy to find space for all their toys, clothes and little treasures. I remember sharing a bedroom with my sister until I was 13 and believe me, the struggle was real.
We were always fighting about space in drawers, wardrobes or even the walls, so to make your life a little easier I thought I’d share some of the best space saving ideas for shared bedrooms with you. That way you can maximise the space you have and save yourself from constant arguments:
Space-saving ideas for shared bedrooms:
Get a bunk bed
It might seem like the obvious choice but bunk beds for kids really are the perfect way to create more valuable floor space in a shared bedroom. There are tonnes of different styles available and some of them even come with built-in storage such as rollaway drawers for bedding, clothes or a pull-out guest bed for your kids’ friends. Super handy, if you don’t have anywhere to store spare mattresses for overnight guests.
If you want to take your space-saving efforts to the next level, look for bunk beds that come with integrated desks, bookshelves or wardrobes.
Make use of wall and door space
On the quest for more storage, it’s easy to get carried away with furniture but remember that it’s the floor space that makes a room feel light and airy.
Instead of filling your kids’ shared bedroom with heavy chests of drawers or bookshelves, use floating shelves above your kids’ bed or desk to store and organise their toys and books. Over the door or wall hooks are a great place for their coats, robes or light backpacks, such as their PE kit or bookbag. Add a shelf above the door and create the perfect space for all those items that you don’t use on a regular basis but can’t live without.
Invest in multifunctional pieces of furniture
One of the best space-saving ideas for shared bedrooms or small spaces, in general, is to look for multifunctional pieces of furniture.
Ottomans double up as storage and a seating space while this colourful table designed by Bernard Vuarnesson can be used as a desk that’s big enough for two children or a growing play area with built-in storage for small toys and school supplies. IKEA’s Expedit or Kallax unit, by the way, is the world’s best room divider and offers heaps of storage space for toys, books and much more.
You prefer getting creative yourself? Why not build your kids their very own activity station/desk? I love this activity station DIY because it’s super easy to make and oh so versatile.
Say goodbye to clutter
I’m being Mrs Obvious again but say goodbye to toys, books and clothes you don’t need and don’t clutter the room with more furniture than actually necessary. One desk and wardrobe are more than enough if your kids are still in primary school.
Simply, install two rods in their wardrobe and easily double your hanging space et voila, no need for a second wardrobe. Save the space for a second desk by introducing a homework schedule that gives each child dedicated desk time or set up a mobile homework station that goes wherever you want.
Let your room appear bigger
Not necessarily a space saver but definitely a way to make your kids’ shared bedroom appear bigger is to work with wall paint to create the effect of a large and airy room.
Neutral colours such as off-white, light greens or blues have a calming effect and aid sleep (Which parent doesn’t need an extra hour or two?), but most of all, they make rooms appear larger than they actually are. Painting your trimmings and mouldings in a lighter shade, also adds an extra square foot or two, so it’s worth considering the extra lick of paint when planning the design of your kids’ shared bedroom.
Do your kids have a shared bedroom? How do you maximise space and make it work?